Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Songs of John Jacob Niles

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Songs of John Jacob Niles

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The Songs of John Jacob Niles, Two Volumes, for High Voice and Low Voice, with piano (revised and expanded edition). G. Schirmer, 2015.

Contents: "The Black Dress"; "Black is the color of my true love's hair"; "The Blue Madonna"; "Calm Is the Night"; "Careless Love"; "The Carol of the Bells"; "Evening"; "The Flower of Jesse"; "Go 'way from my window"; "I wonder as I wander"; "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head"; "The Lass from the Low Countree"; "Little Black Star"; "The Lotus Bloom"; "My Lover is a farmer lad"; "Reward"; "Ribbon Bow"; "The Robin and the Thorn"; "Sweet little boy Jesus"; "Unused I am to lovers"; "Wayfaring Stranger"; "What Songs Were Sung"; "When I get up into Heaven"; "The Wild Rider"; "The Rovin' Gambler"; "The Gambler's Lament"; "The Gambler's Wife (By-Low)"; "Gambler, don't you lose your place"; "Gambler's Song of the Big Sandy River"; "The Cherry-Tree"; "Lulle Lullay"; "Down in yon forest"; "Jesus the Christ is born"; "The Seven Joys of Mary"; "See Jesus the Saviour."

G. Schirmer has revised the 1975 and 1990 editions of the songs of John Jacob Niles (1892-1980), timing the release of this edition with the 40th anniversary of the first edition. There are eleven new songs in this 2015 edition, totaling 35 in all. The beautiful and moving introductory notes include the preface to the original edition by the composer himself, and the preface to the 1990 edition by his wife, Rena Niles. Like the 1990 edition, the typeface is enlarged, for ease of reading. These two lovely volumes for high and low voice are the result of years of growing scholarship around the work of a composer often slighted, and whose songs were perceived to be only, as Niles himself says, to be "pirated, on the erroneous assumption that anything connected with John Jacob Niles was folk music and therefore in the public domain." Niles's body of work, in addition to his own excellent songs and arrangements, include an opera, a symphony, cantatas, and an oratorio. …

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